GAA Allianz NFL Division Two
Game played in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey
Eight points down at one stage and down to 14 men, it looked like the writing was on the wall for Donegal. But a last minute point from St. Naul’s Stephen Griffin gave the depleted Tirconaill team a tough earned but deserved draw with Sligo, newly promoted from Division three last season.
Kevin Mulhern was shown red for an off-the-ball incident in the first half, before Adrian Marren kicked the visitors into an 0-8 to 0-6 half time lead.
When David Kelly found the net to give Sligo a 1-11 to 0-06 lead the points looked safe, but goals from a Michael Murphy penalty and Neil McGee helped close the gap for Donegal. With time almost up big Stephen Griffin proved the hero hitting the crucial point to level the tie.
DONEGAL: P Boyle; P McGrath, N McGee (1-0), K Mulhern; A Thompson, L McLoone (0-2), K Cassidy; R Kavanagh (0-1), R Bradley; M McElhinney, D Molloy (0-2, two frees), M McHugh; K Lacey, M Murphy (1-2, pen, two frees), C McFadden (0-3). Subs: D McLaughlin for McElhinney (28 mins); B Dunnion for Thompson (40); S Griffin (0-1) for Molloy; C Classon for Bradley (both 47); D Walsh for McLaughlin (62).
SLIGO: P Greene; C Harrison, C Davey, R Donovan; K Cawley, M Quinn (0-1), P McGovern; T Taylor (0-2), S Gilmartin (0-1); M Breheny (0-4, two frees), E O’Hara, F Quinn; D Maye, A Marren (0-4), D Kelly (1-1). Subs: S Coen for Maye (47 mins); S Davey (0-1) for Quinn (61).
Referee: P Hughes (Armagh).